Maximizing waste energy recovery in brownfields

Amidst persistent fluctuations in the energy market and escalating regulatory measures addressing climate change, industrial operators globally are undertaking substantial initiatives to shield themselves against potential risks — from employing sophisticated financial instruments to meticulously reassessing and enhancing their physical operational strategies.

Processing Magazine logoIn a new article for Processing Magazine, Solex Thermal Science Regional Director Warren Chung focuses on how heat integration is playing an important role in these efforts as operators investment heavily in solutions meant to reduce energy consumption, which has the implied benefit of reducing emissions (and vice versa).

"The concept of heat integration is not new; many industrial processes already possess some level of integration. The degree of that integration, however, has historically been constrained by the technical limitations of the heat exchange equipment, leaving difficult-to-handle process streams unintegrated," writes Chung.

"The recovery of wasted heat from these previously untapped streams — waste heat recovery — therefore presents an excellent opportunity for operators to meaningfully reduce costs and emissions."

Chung provides an overview of heat pipe heat exchangers (HPHEs) as a proven, safe and reliable solution to complex heat recovery challenges where comparable equipment is inadequate.

Furthermore, he provides details of two case studies where HPHEs have succeeded where other equipment has failed: the first, at an automotive parts casting manufacturing facility in Kentucky, U.S.; the second at an oil and gas refining operation in Illinois, U.S.

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This entry was tagged Energy, and last updated on 2024-3-18

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